Jeremy Bird

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Jeremy Bird
OccupationPolitical strategist

Jeremy Bird is an American political strategist who has worked for the political campaigns of Barack Obama.

Personal life and education[edit]

Bird grew up in High Ridge, Missouri, the son of two financially struggling Baptists.[1][2]

Bird attended Wabash College, graduating with a major in religion in 2000,[3] before earning a Master of Theological Studies from Harvard Divinity School in 2002. He took classes at Harvard's John F. Kennedy School of Government, including a class with political organizer Marshall Ganz.[2]

While at Harvard, Bird became involved in a campaign to advocate for increased education spending,[1] and earned experience as a mediator with the Program on Negotiation at Harvard Law School.[4]

Obama campaigns[edit]

During the 2004 presidential election, Bird worked for the campaigns of Howard Dean and John Kerry.[4] When Barack Obama announced his candidacy in 2007, Bird joined the campaign as the field director for South Carolina.[4] Bird encouraged his campaign workers to engage voters in places like barber shops and beauty salons, and this strategy was ultimately used nationwide by the campaign.[1] Obama's victory in the South Carolina primary proved to be an important step in him winning the Democratic nomination.[2] Following the successful South Carolina primary, Bird was promoted to Deputy National Field Director of the campaign.[5]

A month after the election took place, Bird and a team of field experts and data analysts conducted a study of the 2008 campaign. During this study, Bird concluded that contact with enthusiastic volunteers and workers was more effective at mobilizing voters than TV ads or mail.[1] Bird also served as the deputy director of Organizing for America.[6] During Obama's 2012 re-election campaign, Bird served as the National Field Director.[1]

Post-Obama career[edit]

After Obama's re-election, Bird co-founded 270 Strategies, a political consulting firm.[2] Bird's consulting partner is Mitch Stewart.[7]

One of Bird's first post-2012 clients was Cory Booker, who won a 2013 special election to become New Jersey's junior senator.[8]

In 2013, Ready for Hillary, a group dedicated to setting up the campaign infrastructure of a potential Hillary Clinton presidential run in 2016, announced that they had hired 270 Strategies.[9] The move was seen as a potential sign that a Clinton campaign might share many of the personnel of the Obama campaigns, including Bird.[7]

Bird founded Battleground Texas, an organization devoted to making Texas politics competitive.[when?][10]

Additionally, Bird helped found iVote, a Super PAC dedicated helping Democrats win Secretary of State races.[11] During the 2015 Israeli elections, Bird advised the group V15, which sought to defeat Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.[12] He has also advised the center-left NDP in the run-up to the 2015 Canadian federal election.[13]


  1. ^ a b c d e Lizza, Ryan (29 October 2012). "The Final Push". The New Yorker. Retrieved 17 September 2013.
  2. ^ a b c d Tackett, Michael (April 25, 2013). "Trailer Park to Harvard Put Bird on Course to Change U.S." Bloomberg. Retrieved September 17, 2013.
  3. ^ Hewitt, Howard (2008). "Game Changer". Wabash College Magazine. Retrieved 17 September 2013.
  4. ^ a b c Massari, Paul (March 20, 2013). "Jeremy Bird, MTS '02, reaches the pinnacle of political organizing". Harvard Divinity School. Retrieved July 17, 2014.
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  6. ^ DePillis, Lydia (30 October 2009). "Organizing for America--Bonus Pack!". The New Republic. Retrieved 17 September 2013.
  7. ^ a b Cilizza, Chris (July 29, 2013). "Hillary Clinton 2016 might look a lot like Barack Obama 2012". Washington Post. Retrieved September 17, 2013.
  8. ^ Issenberg, Sasha (February 27, 2014). "Dept. of Experiments". Politico Magazine. Retrieved February 28, 2014.
  9. ^ Blake, Aaron (July 10, 2013). "Pro-Hillary super PAC signs up top Obama aides". Washington Post. Retrieved September 17, 2013.
  10. ^ Izadi, Elahe (September 8, 2013). "How Democrats Are Aiming to Make Texas a Swing State". National Journal. Retrieved September 7, 2013.
  11. ^ Fuller, Jaime (January 31, 2014). "The exciting war to make secretaries of state more boring". Washington Post. Retrieved April 10, 2014.
  12. ^ Greenhouse, Emil (January 28, 2015). "Obama's Grassroots Ambassador In Tel Aviv". Bloomberg. Retrieved July 15, 2018.
  13. ^ Radwanski, Adam (December 29, 2014). "Former Obama aides advising NDP, Liberals on campaign strategy". The Globe and Mail. Retrieved July 21, 2015.

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